Étudiante-chercheure étoile January 2013

Maude Flamand-Hubert

PhD student in Regional development
Université du Québec à Rimouski

Award-winning publication: Louis Bertrand à L'Isle-Verte (1811-1871) : propriété foncière et exploitation des ressources

Published in: Presses de l'Université du Québec, April 2012


"Studying land transactions helps elucidate the resource accumulation and management strategies implemented by Isle-Verte businessman Louis Bertrand and expand our knowledge of regional historical dynamics and the appropriation of land and power by the elite in the 19th century. In fact, Louis Bertrand's path puts the stereotypical representation of the notable rural French-Canadian into perspective. Moreover, reconstituted notarial acts suggest the existence of possibilities, continuity and economic, social and political entrepreneurship that are often underestimated—evidence of a 19th century practice that would become known as regional development."


Land and resource use remain major challenges in Québec's territorial development. In examining Louis Bertrand's career, Maude Flamand-Hubert not only explores the role of local elite in the development of outlying areas in the 19th century but also sheds light on current topical questions. Yesterday and today, the appropriation and development of natural resources have economic, social and environmental impacts on the structure of rural areas. Ms. Flamand-Hubert's analysis demonstrates that contemporary research issues in humanities and the social sciences, such as the deployment of territorial development, can only be fully understood by looking to the past.